ITŌ Jakuchū 伊藤 若冲 (1716-1800) - "Pictures of the Colorful Realm of Living Beings" - 1759
伊藤若冲 Jakuchu Ito『芦雁図』ろがんず）| "Pictures of the Colorful Realm of Living Beings", 1765, Jakuchu Ito
Saint-Sever Beatus, Saint-Sever, before 1072 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, MS lat. 8878, 14⅜ × 11 in. (36.5 28 cm) Folio 141: Eagle in Flight from The Grand Medieval Bestiary: Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts by Christian Heck and Rémy Cordonnier, published by Abbeville Press, http://www.abbeville.com/bookpage.asp?isbn=9780789211279
Mignon. Roman Arthurien, BnF, Fr 95
Karukaya, Japan's first illustrated book, circa 1400
The coot is an intelligent bird; unlike other birds it does not fly about, but stays in one place. It eats fish, but does not eat dead bodies. It builds its nest in the middle of water or on a stone surrounded by water. When it sees a storm coming it returns to its nest or dives under the water. Allegory/Moral The coot represents the man who lives according to God's will and remains within the Church, rather than straying down the path of heresy or following worldly pleasures.